Package includes permanent change to ordering

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

WASHINGTON – The stimulus package passed last week also includes provisions that allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to order DMEPOS and home health services for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, AAHomecare reports.

Previously, PAs, NPs and CNSs were only able to order DMEPOS for Medicare beneficiaries, not Medicaid beneficiaries.

“These provisions will significantly improve Medicaid patient access to DMEPOS by allowing highly skilled physician assistants and nursing professionals to order these products and services,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare.

The package requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop regulatory guidance allowing the provisions to take effect within six months.

AAHomecare says it has been working with the American Academy of PAs and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in advocating for the this policy change for a few years.

The provisions are covered in section 3707 of the package on pages 372-79.

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